Whether you’re a yogi master or just starting to get your chaturanga down, if you’ve done a yoga class, there’s a 99% chance that you’ve done an inversion. Inversions can be as simple as a downward facing dog or as complex as a scorpion pose, but you can experience the same health benefits from either.
I got together with Jesse (who is leading an inversion series at Singapore’s BYCH Yoga Hub – details here) to tell us some of the juicy goodness your body can experience when you turn yourself upside down.
- Improved circulation: Inversions give a temporary relief from the pull of gravity. When we turn upside down, the fluid in the lower body drains better to the veins and lymph vessels, helping to clean up congestion in all parts of the body.
- Brain food: Increase blood flow to the brain leads to more supply of oxygen and nutrients to the brain, which helps the brain function faster and better.
- Natural high: Inversions are fun! While the pose can be tough and physically demanding, the exhilaration derived from a perfectly executed asana can also bring out our inner child, that is both playful and light-hearted.
- Confidence booster: Inversions build confidence. Getting into a headstand might seem scary at first, but once you start to get the hang of your first inversion, you’ll feel great! Suddenly getting the courage to ask for a promotion doesn’t seem as scary.
- Balance is everything: Improve your balance. Balance begins with your core and improved balance has been shown to help prevent everyday injuries as well as improve cognitive function.